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Working! Dreamcast Utility for RGB Fixing SOME Dreamcast Games on the MODE ODE

Posted: 11 Sep 2020, 00:14
by OmegaPrime
Hi Everyone!

I'm a newcomer to the MODE forum, and I am loving my new MODE ODE so far!

Well done Terraonion!

Anyway, I just wanted to share information about a Dreamcast utility for Windows called PAL Patcher 2.0a By Megalex, released many years ago during the Dreamcast Scene/Era.

This version of the utility helps to patch some Dreamcast titles that don't work with RGB Scart Cables.

Link: ... ATCHER.rar

What is it?

PAL Patcher is a small proggy to help you patch games
that won't work on PAL DC (black screen / auto reboot
/ flickering).
It also changes the classical 50 Hz code by 60 Hz (this
doesn't work on every game !)
Its very first purpose was to have some games work with
the original SCART cable on PAL TVs.

About patches

_ "PAL Patch 1" : designed to make some games work with
your SCART cable
_ "PAL Patch 2" : "Ikaruga style" patch. Make somes games
work at 60 Hz.
_ "PAL Patch 3" : As far as I know, it works fine only
with 2 games (Coaster Works & Jet Coaster Dream 2). For
other games, you're bound to burn a coaster. So, BE VERY
CAREFUL WITH THIS ONE. Try it if nothing else works.

This Utility comes with a list of game-specific patches built-in:

-Centipede RGB Fix
-Coaster Works RGB Fix
-F355 Challenge 60Hz
-Gauntlet Legend (USA) RGB Fix
-Gunbird 2 RGB Fix
-Jet Coaster Dream 2 RGB Fix
-Memories Off Complete RGB Fix
-Mortal Kombat Gold RGB Fix
-PBA Bowling Country Fix
-Photo Hunter RGB Fix
-Pocket Kano RGB Fix
-Pop'N Music RGB Fix
-Pop'N Music 2 RGB Fix
-Pop'N Music 3 Append Disc RGB Fix
-Roadsters RGB Fix
-San Francisco Rush 2049 RGB Fix
-Sonic Shuffle 60 Hz Fix
-Street Fighter Alpha 3 RGB Fix
-Super Boom Tread Troopers RGB Fix
-The Grinch RGB Fix
-Time Stalkers (USA) RGB Fix
-Tokyo Xtreme Racer 60 Hz Fix

The list above is only for more problematic/specific titles, but using the default settings (see bottom of post for my default settings) it should also work on some other Dreamcast titles with RGB Protection too.

Dreamcast Redump Games (GDI Format) I have personally tested & are working using default Settings:

-Gigawing V1.001 (Japan)
-GigaWing V1.000 (USA)
-Slave Zero V1.001 (USA)
-Vampire Chronicle for Matching Service V1.003 (Japan) :D

Tested and Working using game-specific patches:
(Uncheck all options, apart from User-defined Patches, and select Correct Game-Specific Patch/Profile)

-Gauntlet Legends V1.003 (USA)
-San Francisco Rush 2049 V1.001 (USA)
-Street Fighter Alpha 3 V1.001 (USA)
-Time Stalkers V1.002 (USA)

* Coverart for each title in MODE menu is also still intact, after patching! :D

Instructions for Japanese and USA Dreamcast Owners using GDI Redumps:

1. Use Default Settings (see bottom of my post)
2. Navigate to game title directory that needs patching
3. Load the bin file (there may be more than one, load the first one available)
4. Press Search Button (May take a few minutes depending on file size)
5. Highlight and select all protection codes found
6. Press Patch! Button (Patching should be instantaneous)
7. Repeat steps 2-6 for all bins files in the game directory.

* Ignore the message in the lower-left corner of utility - Only CDI Files are Supported - It should work on BOTH bin files and CDI files!

Games still NOT Working (using default Settings), after RGB Fixing:

-Skies of Arcadia (USA) Disc 1 and 2 - Resets to MODE Menu => USE Skies of Arcadia (PAL) Disc 1 and 2 redump instead
-Super Street Fighter II X for Matching Service (Japan) - Loads Intro fine, but major slow down in character select screen etc. => USE RGB Fixed & English Translated Menu dump instead! (Google search yourselves for this dump)
-Street Fighter Zero 3 - Saikyo-ryu Dojo (Japan) - Resets to MODE Menu => USE Street Fighter Zero 3 - Saikyo-ryu Dojo for Matching Service v1.002 (2000)(Capcom)(JP)[!] redump instead.

Hopefully, other MODE users can test this utility out, and add to the list any titles that have been successfully patched using this utility.

Any chance of incorporating some/all these features of this utility in future versions of the MODE firmware?

Default PAL Patcher 2.0a Settings I have used with my Japanese Dreamcast:

50->60 HZ Checked/On
PAL Protection 1: Checked/On
PAL Protection 2: Checked/On
PAL Protection 3: Checked/On

Game-Specific PAL Patcher 2.0a Settings I have used with my Japanese Dreamcast:

User-defined Patches: Checked/On
Uncheck all other settings
then Select Game Title Specific Patch

My Dreamcast Specs and Setup
Japanese Dreamcast VA0
MODE ODE Firmware 1.03 R02
RGB Scart Cable
OSSC Firmware v0.86

More games RGB Patched & Tested using this Utility

Posted: 29 Sep 2020, 00:26
by OmegaPrime

RGB Patched & Tested games:

Using Default settings patch

-ESPN NBA 2night v1.005 (2000)(Konami)(US)[!]
-Jet Coaster Dream 2 v1.003 (2000)(Bimboosoft)(JP)[!]
-Jet Coaster Dream v1.001 (1999)(Bimboosoft - Bottom Up)(JP)[!]
-Revive... - Sosei v1.001 (1999)(Data East)(JP)[!]


Game Specific Patch Used (using built in database from app)

-Centipede v1.004 (1999)(Hasbro)(US)[!]
-Coaster Works v1.002 (2001)(XICAT Interactive)(US)[!]
-Grinch, The v1.001 (2000)(Konami)(US)[!]
-Pop'n Music v1.200 (1998)(Konami)(JP)[!]
-Pop'n Music 2 v1.001 (1999)(Konami)(JP)[!]
-Pop'n Music 3 - Append Disc v1.000 (1999)(Konami)(JP)[!][addon, req. Pop'n Music 2]
-Roadsters v1.007 (2000)(Titus)(US)[!]


NO RGB Patching Required - Works fine as is:

-F355 Challenge - Passione Rossa v1.000 (2000)(Acclaim)(US)[!][5S]
-Gunbird 2 v1.000 (2000)(Capcom)(US)[!]
-Mortal Kombat Gold v1.006 (1999)(Midway)(US)[!][6S]


NO Protection found/Not RGB Patched - STILL NOT working via RGB Cable and or with OSSC

-4 Wheel Thunder - Black Screen or Resets to MODE Menu
-Kanon v1.005 (2000)(NEC InterChannel)(JP)[!] - Resets to MODE Menu.
-NBA 2K (US) - Loads Intro fine, but black screen/crashes afterwards => USE NBA 2K (PAL) redump instead
-Pop'n Music 4 - Append Disc v1.000 (2000)(Konami)(JP)[!][addon, req. Pop'n Music 2]


STILL NOT working - used Default Patch Settings

-Morita no Saikyou Reversi v1.003 (1999)(Random House)(JP)[!]
-Pop'n Music 4 - Append Disc v1.000 (2000)(Konami)(JP)[!][addon, req. Pop'n Music 2]
-Shadowman(US) => USE Shadowman(PAL) redump instead
-Stupid Invaders Disc 1 (US) => USE Stupid Invaders Disc 1(PAL) redump instead
-Stupid Invaders Disc 2 (US) => USE Stupid Invaders Disc 2(PAL) redump instead

Re: Working! Dreamcast Utility for RGB Fixing SOME Dreamcast Games on the MODE ODE

Posted: 29 Sep 2020, 02:47
by Todd
Great info!